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May 1, 1987
Multimedia Entertainment and Tribune Entertainment Co. are planning a two-hour "Search for Houdini" to air Oct. 31. In addition to covering Houdini's life, magic and his promise to return after death, the Halloween night program will include a live seance.
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December 24, 2013 | By David Ng
First writer Aaron Sorkin left the project. Now its star, Hugh Jackman, has also departed. The long-planned stage musical based on the life of Harry Houdini has lost its leading man, with Jackman withdrawing from the role. The Australian actor has cited scheduling difficulties, saying that he wasn't able to commit to the time that the part required. In a statement sent out Monday, Scott Sanders, one of the show's producers, confirmed the actor's departure. "Hugh has been terrific to have on this part of our journey.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1995
Lynn Luria-Sukenick, 57, poet, writer and associate professor of English and comparative literature at San Diego State. A native of New York City, she was educated at the City University of New York and taught at Cornell University, the University of Arizona, UC Irvine, UC San Diego and UC Santa Cruz. She joined the San Diego State faculty in 1989, concentrating on teaching fiction writing. Ms. Luria-Sukenick wrote fiction for quarterlies and anthologies and essays for such publications as the Village Voice.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 2013 | By Susan King
Things were starting to go bump in the night in the Houdini Seance Chamber at the Magic Castle, the private club in Hollywood that is the headquarters of the Academy of Magical Arts. Medium Misty Lee, who also appears at the castle as an illusionist, was attempting to contact the legendary escape artist and master magician Harry Houdini, who died on Halloween in 1926 at age 52 of peritonitis, the result of a ruptured appendix. "Harry, we have waited all night to see your face," she proclaimed as creepy, piped-in music got louder in the intimate room.
SPORTS
October 7, 2006
Jockey Pat Valenzuela, who has dodged more bullets than John Wayne, is back in the saddle. Horses surely run for him, but he has been possessed by a devil that keeps him running away from them. His feats of extraction from impending expulsion are legendary and could use a proper sobriquet. "Houdini" is OK, but I would suggest "the Artful Dodger." PETE PEDERSEN Arcadia
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2008
Magicians John Shryock and Mari Lynn won't perform their swords-in-a-box trick when they headline "An Evening of Comedy and Magic" on Saturday at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo. The reason: Lynn can't squeeze her 7-month pregnant body into that magical box. (But Shryock's teenage niece will assist for illusions requiring nonbulging bellies.) The evening will feature other magicians, but the Shryock/Lynn finale will cap the show.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Two former associates of Elvis Presley this week condemned Lucy de Barbin's coming Elvis tell-all tome "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" as having "no basis in fact." Barbin alleges that she and the King had a long-term affair that produced a daughter. Presley's one-time personal aide Jerry Schilling said Elvis "would have had to have been Houdini to have had a relationship like that without my knowing about it."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2011 | By Dale Bailey, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Last Greatest Magician in the World Howard Thurston Versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards Jim Steinmeyer Tarcher/Penguin: 377 pp., $26.95 It takes some courage to write the biography of a man the reading public has mostly forgotten. Yet that's exactly what Jim Steinmeyer does in "The Last Greatest Magician in the World," a biography of the now-obscure Howard Thurston, the illusionist who held the title by acclaim in the 1920s and '30s. It's a clever marketing trick, and a necessary one, to include Houdini's name in the lumbering subtitle, but it's a piece of misdirection that, like many events in this telling of Thurston's life, doesn't play out quite the way it's supposed to. That's a shame because Thurston's life is fascinating.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2011
ART Pageant of the Masters It's been said that life imitates art, and nowhere is that more true than at this event. The 90-minute show of tableaux vivants is accented by an orchestra, theatrical lighting and live narration. Pageant of the Masters, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. 8:30 p.m. daily through Aug. 31. $15-$100. (800) 487-3378. Foapom.com. 40 Years of Building the Pacific Asia Museum The exhibition offers a rare look at key objects in the museum's collection, many of which are not on regular display.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2013 | By Robert Abele
With the exit of summer's CGI-woven fanboy epics, the Sylvester Stallone-Arnold Schwarzenegger team-up "Escape Plan" arrives to conjure a time when sneering T-level cases grunted, punched and shot their way out of jams. Stallone, who's engineered plenty of movie-jail breakouts over his career, plays prison-security expert Ray Breslin. Ray plays convict and ingeniously exposes the flaws in your federal penitentiary with wadded-up paper and a milk carton's wax lining (plus a dozen other screenwriter-friendly circumstances)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2013 | By Robert Abele
With the exit of summer's CGI-woven fanboy epics, the Sylvester Stallone-Arnold Schwarzenegger team-up "Escape Plan" arrives to conjure a time when sneering T-level cases grunted, punched and shot their way out of jams. Stallone, who's engineered plenty of movie-jail breakouts over his career, plays prison-security expert Ray Breslin. Ray plays convict and ingeniously exposes the flaws in your federal penitentiary with wadded-up paper and a milk carton's wax lining (plus a dozen other screenwriter-friendly circumstances)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Harry Houdini, the famed escape artist, is getting a four-hour miniseries exploring his life on History. The channel announced the miniseries was greenlighted Monday with Oscar winner Adrien Brody set to star as the master performer and "House of Cards'" Kristen Connolly as his wife, Bess. According to History, the miniseries will follow Houdini's entire life, from his beginnings in poverty to his eventual status as internationally famous magician and escape artist. (Fans of Comedy Central's "Drunk History" got a recap of the end of Houdini's life in a recent episode.)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 12, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
EXCLUSIVE: A modern Harry Houdini movie has long been a tantalizing possibility for film fans: the elaborate escapes, the trans-Pacific aviation, that (possibly) punching-related death. The last major film about the Euro-born magician came out more than a half-century ago, and it wasn't exactly faithful to his life. But there's new momentum on one of the projects around town about the colorful escape artist. “Houdini,” a movie that Lionsgate's Summit is developing based on a biography called “The Secret Life of Houdini,” has attracted the interest of Golden Globe nominee Joe Wright.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2012 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
If only these stage sorcerers could reach into a black top hat and pull out a home for their magical paraphernalia. Short of cash and abracadabra moments, the Society of American Magicians is struggling to find a public venue for its vast collection of antique stage illusions. After a freak accident forced the closure of the group's Hall of Fame and Magic Museum in Hollywood, the society moved its trove of tricks into a Pico Rivera self-storage center. "We'd love to reopen the museum.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2011
ART Pageant of the Masters It's been said that life imitates art, and nowhere is that more true than at this event. The 90-minute show of tableaux vivants is accented by an orchestra, theatrical lighting and live narration. Pageant of the Masters, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. 8:30 p.m. daily through Aug. 31. $15-$100. (800) 487-3378. Foapom.com. 40 Years of Building the Pacific Asia Museum The exhibition offers a rare look at key objects in the museum's collection, many of which are not on regular display.
TRAVEL
June 5, 2011
Smoothini, the Ghetto Houdini, performs Wednesdays through Sundays. You can find him 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Zingers, 3743 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; before that, he can usually be seen at the Hard Rock Cafe second-floor bar from 8 to 10:30 p.m.; and after 2 a.m. at New York New York's Pour 24. For more information, see his website, http://www.smoothini.com , or find him on Facebook.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 2011
The legendary magician and escape artist Harry Houdini is the focus of a groundbreaking exhibition, complete with more than 150 artifacts, including historical film clips, posters and the original props. Skirball Center. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Opens Thursday, runs through Sept. 4. Tours begin Sunday. Open noon-5 p.m. Tues-Fri. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $10. (310) 440-4500. http://www.skirball.org.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 1999 | BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Home Box Office collected the most honors at Saturday's nighttime Emmy Awards presentation in Pasadena, including multiple statuettes for dramatic series "The Sopranos" and its movies "The Rat Pack" and "Winchell." Saturday's nontelevised event encompassed more than 50 categories, primarily in technical areas such as cinematography, editing and sound. An additional 27 awards, recognizing programs and performers, will be presented Sept. 12 and televised on Fox.
TRAVEL
June 5, 2011 | By Shermakaye Bass, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The text message was from Smoothini, the Ghetto Houdini. "Abracadabra," it said. Presumably, this was code for "I'm awake, and I'm ready for the interview. " That was the case. But as Las Vegas illusionist-magician-trickster Tomas de la Cruz (a.k.a. "Smoothini") said on the phone a few minutes later, "I have to use that word some time. I don't use it on stage, so I find ways to make 'abracadabra' cool. " He chuckles, but it's clear he's also serious about making abracadabra - or magic - cool.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 2011
The legendary magician and escape artist Harry Houdini is the focus of a groundbreaking exhibition, complete with more than 150 artifacts, including historical film clips, posters and the original props. Skirball Center. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Opens Thursday, runs through Sept. 4. Tours begin Sunday. Open noon-5 p.m. Tues-Fri. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $10. (310) 440-4500. http://www.skirball.org.
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